Thursday, December 30, 2010

itsa... hit!

Here in Village Books we are delighted with the new opening of Itsa bagel cafe in Malahide, especially as they have their very own cookbook, for us to indulge in. 

Irish Times food writer, chef and restaurateur Domini Kemp has compiled a collection of delicious recipes for the everyday cook.  Domini takes into consideration our modern lifestyles and ingredients are kept simple, healthy and accessible.  The tone of the cookbook is inviting, casual and honest mentioning that she gets 'slagged off' for freezing sourdough bread for emergency toast and the fish pie recipe "serves 6 - 8 hungry blokes, possibly 10 ladylike guests"

There is an array of recipes to try your hand at, with Domini emphasising the 3 things that everyone should know before leaving home and that's how to cook a steak, make a good vinaigrette and roast a chicken.  The book is divided into 6 chapters with 'no-fuss dinners' for your midweek cooking, and then 'show off' for that something special.  The recipes for 'sweet stuff' are simple, straight forward desserts with "no faffing around".

I personally can't wait to try the broad bean hummous and Itsa's famous Vegetable Lentil Soup.  Yum!

Buy Itsa Cookbook by Domini Kemp for €19.99 in Village Books

Friday, December 17, 2010

Avoca Delight

It's finally here, the 3rd cookbook from the gorgeous Avoca Cafe.  It's been 8 years since their last publication and I can't wait to try their new recipes.

A Year at Avoca is a celebration of good food, with emphasis on the right ingredients for each season.  The pages are filled with season by season mouth-watering dishes and beautiful photography, which was mostly shot around Avoca in Wicklow.

A great gift for any food lover or cook this Christmas.  Buy it in Village Books for €24.95.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Old Aliide Truu lives alone in a cottage in the woods, pestered by flies she wishes would leave her in peace. Her isolation is interrupted when she spies a young woman under a tree in her garden. The girl is strange; arriving in the dead of night, bruised, dirty and shoeless - why is she at Aliide's door? Overcome by curiosity the old woman decides, warily, to take her in.

Zara is on the run from men who tortured, raped, and sold her into slavery. Her only possession is a tattered photograph of her grandmother and another woman; in which Aliide recognizes herself and her sister. Horrified, she begins to realize that the past she has long tried to forget has finally caught up with her - Purge is a hauntingly intimate portrait of one family's shame against a backdrop of European war

Monday, December 6, 2010

Late night xmas shopping on Thursday evenings

Join us every Thursday evening for a spot of late night shopping and a glass of wine. Enjoy our personal service and assistance choosing your Christmas presents and a 10% discount for late night shoppers.

Christmas shopping evening 8th December cancelled

Dear Booklovers,

We are cancelling the shopping evening this Wednesday the 8th December due to inclement weather.


The Village Books team

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas shopping evening Wednesday 8th December


An exclusive shopping event
Wednesday 8th Dec

From 5.30pm till 8pm, customers can peruse the shelves with a glass of wine and will receive a 10% discount on absolutely everything in Village Books.

That’s Amore will be running a special priced menu for customers to enjoy – 2 home cooked Italian courses, followed by tea or coffee for €17.50.

Village Books 845 5073 / That’s Amore 845 6278

Mary's Book Club

Mary's Book Club will be meeting next Tuesday 7 Dec at 1830hrs.  The book up for discussion is Orpheus Lost: A Novel by Janette Turner Hospital.